What we're all about
Welcome to our own GIN & Bombay tonic group !
Get to know LGBTQ men and women of Indian origin that are living in London or simply visiting or passing through this fabulous city.
We are a friendly and outgoing group, always happy to meet new members of any nationality or race that are interested in getting to know more about India and people of Indian origin.
Chat with other members
We have a lively and busy GIN & Bombay Tonic WhatsApp group that you can join if you want to.
Besides the main GIN & Bombay Tonic WhatsApp group, we also have some additional (and optional) special interest groups where members can chat about certain topics of interest, go into more detail and initiate (and host) events being set up (and I am happy to set up the events on our Meetup group).
The WhatsApp groups are:
GIN & Lime – our Women's group to help connect (and support) Lesbian Indian and South Asian women and their friends and allies.
GIN Food & Films – talk about food, recipes, events to visit Indian restaurants. Yummy! Also talk about films, songs, stars and the glamour of Bollywood. Organise trips to watch Bollywood films or concerts.
GIN Well Being Group – talk about being LGBTQ, issues around sexuality, race and racism, parents, family, feelings around isolation and shame (topics in books like “Velvet Rage”, “Straight Jacket”, “Love me as I am”) and anything else on people’s minds. Linked to Sathi Deeper Conversations events. Also discussions on spirituality, philosophy, meditation, faith, festivals and self realisation.
GIN Book club - read and discuss a different book each month. More info below.
If you're into reading, come join our book club where we read and discuss a different book every month.
Here are some of the books we've read so far:
Lookout for the next book club meeting on meetup
for GIN members and participants
The Gay Indian Network (GIN) is a welcome place for LGBTQ community with Indian connections, and their friends and allies.
Our aim is to create a friendly place where people can have free connections and conversations, and not necessarily confide in complex rules and boundaries. However, we also acknowledge we need to provide some guidance and structures of our values and principles, so people can feel safe and understood.
With this in mind, here are some codes of conduct for GIN participants. We would welcome feedbacks and please contact us should you wish to share any thoughts about these codes.
The Gay Indian Network (GIN) was established in September 2018 with the key purpose of connecting the LGBTQ community of Indian Heritage and the wider diaspora with each other and with their friends & allies in London and in the United Kingdom.
The GIN makes use of social media (such as Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, meet up etc) and social activities (well-being events, culture, entertainment and other events) to communicate and connect with people.
We are dedicated to provide a respectful, safe, harassment-free community for all and treat each other with consideration and respect at all times, across all media, and in all meetings and events.
We value equality and diversity and do not tolerate any direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in our GIN activities based on any protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
There is a zero tolerance policy to harassment of any kind. This includes sexual harassment, unwanted touching, stalking and all forms of abuse or discrimination.
We do not permit posting or displaying sexual or pornographic material on any of our social media groups including our Meetup or WhatsApp groups.
We do not permit political discussions on our WhatsApp groups but people may discuss any relevant matters in our meetings and events if they wish to do so.
We encourage participants to RSVP for the events in advance and select number of people accompanying them for the event. This helps the organisers to prepare the events in the best way they can for the participants.
It is simply done by selecting ‘Yes, I will attend the event’, and by selecting how many extra people will be coming with you to the event, on the event meetup page.
If you have replied ‘Yes’ to an event and then you find that you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to ‘No’ in advance to let the organisers know.
Please note that if you RSVP ‘Yes’ but fail to turn up on three occasions without giving any notice, then you may be excluded from the group.
Photographs may be taken in our Meetup groups and events. Photographs help GIN members to connect with each other and help new members to understand about GIN activities. However, we also understand not everyone may wish to be photographed for any reason, and we respect their choice. Hence the following guidelines must be followed:
The above code of conduct can also be found on meetup.
Get in touch
The best way to get in touch is via our Meetup group. Click here for more info on joining.